When software giant Microsoft Corp. releases a major security overhaul of its oft-targeted Windows XP operating system (OS) next month, the company is likely to find a number of school customers resistant to change. Though the upgrade promises to make the embattled OS safer, school leaders worry the transition will create significant headaches for their busy IT staff, many of whom say the timing couldn't be worse.


"The timing is horrific for schools," said Sandra Becker, director of technology for the 4,000-student Governor Mifflin School District in Shillington, Pa. "We usually use the summer

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